Good morning. Do you know how dumb this sport is? The true talent 83-win Royals went to the World Series and are now paying off their feel-good nonsense by doing things like giving Alex Rios and Kendrys Morales legit good-at-baseball money. Baseball is dumb as buttholes.
In the meantime, as Calvin Watkins notes, the Rangers were blowing the lid off the Hot Stove by signing professional tall person Kyle Blanks to a minor league deal.
Stefan Stevenson has some notes on the recent low risk additions of reliever Kyuji Fujikawa and Blanks, as well as info on a toy drive many Rangers will be taking part in this evening at The Ballpark.
ESPN's David Schoenfield writes about the updated mid-winter World Series odds. There are only six teams with a worse chance to win the World Series than your Texas Rangers, according to Vegas. I like those odds! (Seriously though, if I were a betting man, 40 to 1 on the Rangers isn't too shabby considering they've got dead cat bounce potential this year.) Also, the Cubs signed one pitcher and moved up to 4th best odds after a 73-win season. So, you know, this is why you shouldn't gamble.
Mike Oz writes that with the Yankees bringing back third baseman Chase Headley, A-Rod's future in pinstripes is in limbo. I posited on the LSB Facebook page that the Rangers should get the Yankees to pay for A-Rod to come to Texas to be a dong-mashing RH DH for the Rangers. People seemed to think that this was a bad idea for some reason.
#Brewers are building the "Selig Experience" at Miller Park. Year-round museum-like exhibit tells the story of Selig's baseball roots.— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) December 15, 2014
Wait, what? What sick person would want to experience Bud Selig? Someone let me know when Oakland builds the Jose Canseco Experience though.